I'm finishing up a compliance guide to help alternative health writers, bloggers, and marketers comply with the FDA and FTC guidelines around sharing health information. It applies to anyone who earns income talking, writing about, or selling things like: ~ herbs + herbal products
~ unlicensed wellness services
~ essential oils
~ beauty products meant to address certain issues like acne, eczema, rosacea, and more
Working on this guide has been... interesting. I don't really like being told what I can and can't say to my community and if an herb really does help with an ailment, I want to be able to tell them that! But I also know that I need to protect by biz so I can *continue* this work... so I'm finally seriously working on this issue and wanted to organize the info so that it can help other business owners too. I hate seeing businesses get pushed around or even shut down because of the language being used.
The guide covers: ~ Exactly what the FDA and FTC want and their specific guidelines
~ The language you can and cannot use in different contexts
~ How your products need to be labeled
~ A checklist to bring your website and marketing materials into compliance
It will be ready sooooooon. If there's other issues you'd like to see covered, please let me know!
There are so many amazing ways to use #essentialoils , but sensitization is a very real concern. 🌿 Essential oils are highly concentrated, potent plant compounds. The same strength that makes them so valuable is also what makes them dangerous. Fortunately, you can prevent essential oil sensitization with a few basic safety practices. Here's what you need to know and look out for: 1: Always dilute essential oils when using them on your body. Even though using essential oils “neat” or undiluted is recommended all the time, it's rarely appropriate or necessary. 2: Avoid plants and plant families you have a known allergy to. This seems obvious, but not everyone looks into plant families when using new products. For example, I've seen many people with an allergy to ragweed unable to tolerate stevia. That makes sense, since the plants are so closely related. 3: Use age-appropriate oils. Certain compounds are just not safe for babies, the elderly, and pregnant women. 4: Pretty much don't ingest essential oils. While there are certain situations where this is helpful, they are rare. It's wise to work with a trained #aromatherapist (which is different than a direct sales rep for an essential oil company) if you're trying to follow a more complicated or aggressive essential oil regimen. 5: Use an emulsifier when adding essential oils to your water-soluble #DIY recipes. 6: Start with gentler treatments. Herbs, infusions, hydrosols, tinctures and more are all wonderful delivery methods of medicinal plant compounds and are generally more gentle and synergistic in that they more often contain “whole plant” parts instead of just one part as is the case with essential oils. Reaching for these first can go a long way when it comes to preventing essential oil sensitization. 🖤Be safe! #everblossom#myherbalstudies#wildcrafted#foraged#wildfood#wildmedicine#wildandfree#rewilding#herbal#herbs#herbnerd#myherbalstudies#herbalism#plants#tea#everblossom#womenshealth#teablends#makersgonnamake#botanical#greenbeauty
There are certain #herbs I find myself suggesting to #women of all ages all the time. These are some well-loved plant allies that just support so many aspects of women's health.
Red clover relieves symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes; for breast pain or tenderness (mastalgia); and for premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Red raspberry leaf contains the alkaloid, fragrine, which can help strengthen the uterus as well as the pelvic area.
Dandelion leaf is a source of a variety of nutrients, including iron
Catmint is helpful for women suffering from painful menstrual cramps.
Nettle leaf is known to be deeply nutritive as a food and as a tea, able to improve skin, hair, and nail health.
Motherwort has long been associated with aiding mothers and women.
These herbs work together in my GLOW tea blend. The tea is delicious, especially iced and sweetened with a little honey. It's also incredibly nourishing and really does make you GLOW from the inside out.
Cold water infusions and tea are both simple ways to use herbs daily.
You can make GLOW tea yourself or buy it in the shop. Recipe + Shop @ everblossom.net!
Red clover is ONE of the herbs in #essiac tea, an #herbal detox tea that was researched extensively by Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles Brusch in the 60s. This blend of herbs is based on a traditional Ojibwa recipe and offers support for immuno compromised individuals. The results people have with an essiac program are really incredible and I encourage you to look further into this formula for cancer and other autoimmune issues. #LinkInBio genuineessiac.com #myherbalstudies#redclover#alternativehealth#plantmedicine#healingremedies
If you're going to create or spend good money on high quality #skincare , you need to make sure you're doing your #skincareroutine in the right order. Using products out of order: ❌ wastes product
❌ doesn't give you the results you could be getting, since some products are meant to sit on your skin and others aren't If you want to see the B E S T possible results, use your skincare products in the right order: 🌺 #Cleanse – remove dirt, makeup, and oil from your skin using your favorite cleanser. 🌺 #Exfoliate – about twice a week, use a mechanical (like a gentle scrub) or chemical (like a fruit peel) exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and allow healthy renewal of your skin. 🌺 #Tone – open your pores with a toning agent like witch hazel. 🌺 #Mask – if you're using a mask, now is the time. 🌺 #Treat – use a serum with ingredients that address your skincare concerns. Use your “all over” serums before your spot treatments. 🌺 #Moisturize . Lock everything in with your favorite nourishing moisturizer. 🌺 #Prime . Using a primer (whether you wear makeup or not) blurs pores and lines and can add even more beneficial properties to your routine.
This sequence will give you maximum results from your skincare products. Order is important! Do you use each of these steps in your routine? Any you would add?
Hur hur. Some that ARE edible include dandelion, nettles, fiddleheads, rhubarb, chokecherries, and burdock. I'm looking forward to learning more in @herbalacademy 's upcoming #botany and #wildcrafting course. Starts May 7! 🌿 More info: everblossom.net/botany Link in bio. 🌿
There's something about the simple pleasure of bathing that we all recognize as one of the foundational self-care practices to go to first. In fact, baths have recently become sort of the “basic bitch” of the wellness world – a Thought Catalog piece headlined, “This is What Self Care Really Means Because It's Not All Salt Baths and Chocolate Cake” springs to mind. They're right, of course. We should all take care to be super conscious about our self care habits so that we don't need to resort to self rescue coping mechanisms instead. Salt baths have a place. I'm comforted by every aspect. Consider:
🌸 the ritual behind preparing a bath can be a powerful mindset and/or intentional practice if you want it to be
🌸 you can choose to include specific herbs and oils to address your personal health + emotional concerns
🌸 bathing itself is relaxing and soothing for sore joints, muscles, and other types of pain 🌸 we have the opportunity to replace magnesium, a mineral most of us are deficient in 🌸🌸🌸 Check out the newest recipe on the blog: DIY lavender bath salts 🌸
Tincturin' immune boosting #echinacea . I make mine with Apple Cider Vinegar instead of alcohol. Echinacea is a popular #herbalremedy because it works and because it's one of the more studied, proven, and acclaimed herbs. For that reason, its also on the @unitedplantsavers list, so its not one to harvest without very careful consideration. Sustainainably farmed echinacea is what you want. I got mine from @greentalk's etsy shop. Echinacea is pretty safe but because it really does help increase immune response it isn't always the right choice for those of us with autoimmune disorders. I keep it around for the family and push it on the kids when stuff is "going around" now. I didn't have any around over the winter and we paid. Lesson learned! Anyway, I can't give you a recipe because I tincture using the "folk method" which is to say I throw the herbs in a jar, pour in enough ACV to cover them and then some, seal the jar with plastic under the lid to prevent rust problems, then forget about it in the cupboard until I need it, which MAY be anywhere from 2 weeks to several months. Eventually the liquid can be strained into a dropper bottle and EVEN LABELED if you really have your life together. #folkherbalism#everblossom#myherbalstudies#herbalist#healingremedies#recipes#healingherbs#herbs#plantmedicine#rewilding
Still #1 : PERK caffeine eye serum: An all natural treatment for dark circles and puffy eyes. 👌
Caffeine applied topically improves circulation and plumps up the skin, diminishing the appearance of the circles. It also works to bring puffiness down, so this eye serum going to be your new early-morning best friend. (Besides actual coffee, maybe.) 😚
Coffee-infused sweet almond and avocado oil creates a perfectly caffeinated, moisturizing eye serum for your eye area. ☕
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Are you afraid to put oil on your skin?
As an acne-prone teen and young adult, I was for a long time! I thought putting any type of oil on my already-oily skin would surely make me break out in a millisecond.
Now that I've spent a few years learning more about natural skincare, I know that oil is not the bad guy when it comes to taking care of your skin.
In fact, oils cleanse, protect, and moisturize our skin very effectively – without all the fillers and junk ingredients you'll find in a lot of products.
If you haven't experienced your skin nourished with facial oils, serums, I don't know how to tell you what you're missing.
TWO #everblossom options for you: CLEANSE is pictured and features jojoba, sweet almond, lavender, and tea tree oils. Jojoba is actually a liquid wax and is chemically the closest substance there is to the wax our own skin produces. GULP GULP is an avocado based serum that delivers crazy nourishing plant lipids to dry, dull skin. 🌿 everblossom.net/shop
🌘 Balsamic Moon
The balsamic Moon is an introspective Moon, the last one before the darkness of the New Moon. In fact, the Moon is rarely seen during this phase—the last of the lunar calendar—for it's just a thin sliver of light, visible right around dawn. This phase is a suitable time for meditating, contemplating, and pondering things in order to prioritize them for the next lunar cycle. It should not be a time for drastic changes, nor should it be a period when new activities are undertaken. It's a time to take a break as one cycle comes to a natural close, so that the next cycle can begin. Those born during a balsamic Moon may find themselves quite introverted, intuitive, and perhaps even somewhat mystical. Spirituality will often be important for them, too. For these people, it is their later years, rather than early in their lives, when they are likely to find their highest happiness and their greatest success. -Charlie Rainbow Wolf #mooncycle#everblossom#rewilding#moon